C. Hawkins posts about the ongoing battle from the fightwcb.org folks
August 4, 2017 by canadiancontractor
A post here from C. Hawkins, responding to a story last week about the WSIB’s actions assisting another contracting business out of the marketplace…
Very respectfully, I amsaddened to hear of another small business closing their doors.
I am a permanently disabled worker who was nearing retirement anyway, thankfully. In my early years I also had a small business for nearly ten years so I understand the frustration felt by all who need to deal with WSIB.
Let us simply start off by stating WSIB is CORRUPT and this is what has been happening.
WSIB gouges and bullies small businesses. It is a complete lie that WSIB can only go back a year when you make a request for information. You can and should request your complete file from WSIB. WSIB only works for WSIB.
Here are some facts that injured and disabled groups have that should make small business owners equally angry.
WSIB claims that higher premiums were necessary to cover an Unfunded Liability. These are bills that WSIB might eventually owe: not today but years in the future.
WSIB Rebates are regularly paid to multinational that wipes out the expense of WSIB premiums paid into the plan by them. Small businesses are carrying the full burden of WSIB since they do not have the political influence that multinationals have.
The majority of injured and disabled workers today are completely denied any Loss of Earnings benefits, medical and prescriptions under the guise of pre-existing policies and deeming policies.
So what happens to these monies since accidents victims are not getting them? These are used to pay WSIB employees 3-5X more than what they would make anywhere else. The rest has been invested into an investment fund that makes money that the government can access to balance their books or other government pet projects. (In Saskatchewan, premier Brad Wall has used these so called surplus funds created through claim denials to balance the provincial budget.) This is fraud and thief. Premiums are paid by workers and the contract should be binding to pay beneficiaries.
Disabled workers are suing the WSIB. Join them. Small businesses and workers are all victims of this fraud on the public. Go to www.fightwcb.org.
Ontario citizens deserve better government. WSIB is run by Elizabeth Witmer the former Tory minister. NDP in Alberta has capped the wages paid to its WSB workers and has been trying to return that province’s WCB to its founding principles.